Kazakhstan, Israel eye joint manufacture of UAVs

22 August 2016 17:53 (UTC+04:00)

By Nigar Abbasova

Kazakhstan and Israel have agreed on joint manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the course of the official visit of Kazakh Defense Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov to Israel, Ria Novosti reported. 

The manufacturing of high-tech armament was one of the issues on the highest agenda during the meeting of Tasmagambetov with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman.   

“The sides have reached an agreement on the joint manufacture of unmanned aircrafts in Kazakhstan, which will be implemented on the basis of Israeli technology. World experience in the use of UAVs for both military and civil purposes shows necessity to implement assembling and technical support of tactical unmanned aircrafts,” a message from the Kazakh defense ministry reads.  

The project will be carried out in aviation-technical centre in Astana, which possesses all necessary production facilities and staff potential to implement operations.  Moreover, the sides have also reached an agreement on the training of Kazakh militaries at the Israel staff training center.

Diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Israel were established on April 10, 1992. Exchange of the information in the security sphere is considered to be one of the main directions of cooperation between the two countries.

 Israel and Kazakhstan have developed a security partnership involving exchanges of military technology, counterterrorism cooperation, and intelligence sharing since the early 1990's.

Kazakhstan Aviation Industry and Air Defense Forces of Kazakhstan have recently established the first multi-functional enterprise on assembly, repair and technical maintenance of aircrafts and aviation equipment.

Main objective of the centre is formation of high-technological production base for aviation equipment maintenance. The Centre will maintain SU-30 battle planes and S-295, AN-26 and AN-72 military-transport aircrafts.

 

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